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Glenwood eyes new skateboard parkA new half-million-dollar skateboard park is among the goals outlined in a proposed parks and recreation master plan for Glenwood Springs.The plan proposes replacing the existing skateboard park at Glenwood’s Two Rivers Park.Some other key components of the recently unveiled plan include improving trail connectivity and finishing some of the projects already started, such as completing the Community Center landscape plan.The plan lays out capital improvement projects totaling $1.34 million and suggests exploring a new parks and recreation tax as one means to help fund needs. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Break-in trashes Hurricane GrilleThe Hurricane Grille was closed Saturday after an early morning break-in that resulted in significant damage.Carbondale Police Officer JoAnn Dodea said that while no dollar figure has been estimated for the theft and damage, she believes it to be a “felony amount.”Owner Sandy Graetz said that $5,000-plus was taken in cash, and the damage was extensive, including “destroyed video games, the pinball machine was upside-down, there was broken glass everywhere, mirrors off the walls … .”The financial impact was exacerbated by timing. “I had to close on a Saturday, my busiest night of the week,” Graetz said.A video tape showed just one person was involved with the crime, although police are looking into whether there are more suspects, Dodea and Graetz said.Graetz could not identify a suspect. “I believe it was a random act,” she said.Anyone with any information regarding the break-in can call the Carbondale Police at 963-2622. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Colorado mountain goats on the moveWildlife officials transferred a dozen mountain goats from Colorado to the Black Hills in South Dakota in efforts to boost the goat population there.The goats were taken from near 14,433-foot Mount Elbert by helicopter. Each was examined and then driven by truck to South Dakota, the Colorado Division of Wildlife said.The goats were released beginning Friday.It was a joint operation by the division, the South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks and the U.S. Forest Service.While the mountain goat population in South Dakota has declined to about 100, there are about 2,000 in Colorado, according to the Division of Wildlife.In the late 1940s, South Dakota sent several mountain goats to Colorado to help establish a population in the Collegiate Peaks, wildlife officials said. (The Associated Press)
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